Clair Robbins, PhD
About Clair Robbins
BIO: Dr. Robbins is originally from upstate New York. She completed her graduate training in Boston and moved to Durham to complete her pre-doctoral internship at the Durham VA. She completed postdoctoral training at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Robbins, her husband, and their dogs (Charlie and Tim) love living in Durham and exploring the area by car, by bike, or on foot. In her free time, Dr. Robbins enjoys running, cycling, hiking, reading, and making stuffed animals.
TRAINING: Dr. Robbins completed her undergraduate education at Hamilton College in Clinton, NY where she majored in psychology. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Boston University where she focused on the development and evaluation of transdiagnostic psychological treatments. Transdiagnostic treatments are meant to help people who experience more than one problem at the same time (e.g., depression and anxiety). In graduate school she co-developed a leading transdiagnostic treatment: the Unified Protocol for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders, and has further specialized in applying this treatment to anger. She also received training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) at the Boston University Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders. Dr. Robbins completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Durham VA where she trained in trauma-focused treatments, including meeting all the components for certification in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), and furthered her experience providing DBT and treating anger. She completed postdoctoral fellowship at Duke University Medical Center in the Center for Misophonia and Emotion Regulation, where she gained expertise assessing and treating misophonia, a condition in which people are extremely bothered by sounds (e.g., chewing). Dr. Robbins is passionate about providing evidence-based treatments that help people manage their emotions in ways that are consistent with their long-term goals.
EXPERTISE: Dr. Robbins is a co-developer of the Unified Protocol for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders (UP). She is co-director of the Unified Protocol Institute, which trains therapists to deliver the UP, and is an international trainer in this treatment. She is an expert in the transdiagnostic treatment of emotional disorders (i.e., providing treatment for people who find strong emotions are interfering in their lives, regardless of the diagnoses they may or may not have) and also in treating anger. As part of this expertise, she treats mental health conditions including anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, trauma, personality disorders, self-injury, anger, and misophonia. She has also published extensively on the use of transdiagnostic treatments for patients experiencing these mental health concerns.
EVIDENCE-BASED THERAPIES OFFERED: Unified Protocol for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders (UP), CBT, CPT, Behavioral Activation (BA), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), and Behavioral Parent Training. While Dr. Robbins has training in DBT, she is not providing DBT at this time. When indicated, she incorporates principles of DBT into her work.
POPULATIONS SERVED: Dr. Robbins sees adolescents and adults (ages 14+). She provides both individual and group therapy.
LEARN More: You can learn more about Dr. Robbins's expertise and therapeutic style by reading her blog posts
on the Unified Protocol, Misophonia, Anger as well as a SELF magazine article featuring Dr. Robbins.
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